HC Deb 13 July 1899 vol 74 cc704-5

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether any steps have been taken with a view to enforce the liability of the guarantors of Mr. Bussy in regard to the non-delivery of the issues of The Parliamentary Debates to those who have prepaid for their delivery during the present session.


I am advised that the guarantors are not liable in this case. Their liability applied where the Government itself suffered by the action of the contractor, or where he broke any portion of the contract. The arrangements for repayment were no part of the contract.

MR. ERNEST SPENCER (West Bromwich)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether, having regard to the fact that Members can now by means of a single order receive The Parliamentary Debates from 24th April to the present date, he will give instructions for the privilege, viz., by means of a single order, to be extended to the commencement of the session, as Members have in many cases either used or mislaid the necessary Pink Papers, they having been issued to them months ago.


Apart from the fact that the proposal of my hon. friend goes beyond the arrangement agreed upon, I find that there are practically no sets of back numbers available beyond those already purchased by the Stationery Office to secure copies for subscribers who had paid in advance.